Lord of a Visible World: An Autobiography in Letters

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I strove with none, for none was worth my strife.
Nature I loved, and next to Nature Art:
I warmed both hands before the fire of life:
It sinks, and I am ready to depart.

Very fine, no doubt; although, written by Landor, the first four words have an oddity all their own. To fit my own case, I should have to say

I strove with none. I always hated strife.
Nature I loved, and God and Man and Art:
I warmed both hands before the fire of life:
It sinks, yet I'm not ready to depart.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs . Although it had a tortuous publication history after Franklin's death, this work has become one of the most famous and influential examples of an autobiography ever written.

Franklin's account of his life is divided into four parts, reflecting the different periods at which he wrote them. There are actual breaks in the narrative between the first three parts, but Part Three's narrative continues into Part Four without an authorial break (only an editorial one).

In the "Introduction" of the 1916 publication of the Autobiography , editor F. W. Pine wrote that Franklin's biography provided the "most remarkable of all the remarkable histories of our self-made men " with Franklin as the greatest exemplar. [1]

I strove with none, for none was worth my strife.
Nature I loved, and next to Nature Art:
I warmed both hands before the fire of life:
It sinks, and I am ready to depart.

Very fine, no doubt; although, written by Landor, the first four words have an oddity all their own. To fit my own case, I should have to say

I strove with none. I always hated strife.
Nature I loved, and God and Man and Art:
I warmed both hands before the fire of life:
It sinks, yet I'm not ready to depart.



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